Eternals’ Chloe Zhao Wants To Direct Kevin Feige’s Star Wars Movie

Franchises in Hollywood are as old as time itself. But they are popping up more and more in recent years, and it can be safely

By Ishita Chatterjee
October 23,2021

Franchises in Hollywood are as old as time itself. But they are popping up more and more in recent years, and it can be safely said that’s it all because the Marvel Cinematic Universe redefined what it means to be a franchise.

The MCU is really unique because it keeps on adding more films, and now tv shows too, to its growing pantheon. But the best part is that even though it is growing rapidly, but it still maintains detailed connective storytelling that hasn’t been seen on such a scale before.

It is able to seemingly effortlessly do this while incorporating new ways of storytelling and balancing fan service. Overall, it’s a beautifully constructed and consistent franchise. So, it’s no wonder that Lucasfilm tapped MCU’s boss Kevin Feige to make a Star Wars movie.

After all, many fans believe that Star Wars movies tend to fail in the areas where the MCU stunningly succeeds. So who better to call to fix this issue than MCU’s maestro himself.

Right now, we don’t know when this movie will release. Feige and Lucasfilm haven’t even given us a timeline. In terms of plot or storylines, there’s not much info out there as well.

But small details are surfacing regarding the movie. We know that the film will be focusing on family and that Loki’s Michael Waldron will be involved in it. Now, a new Marvel director has said that she wants to direct Feige’s Star Wars movie.

Eternals’ Chloe Zhao Will Direct Feige’s Star Wars Film If He Asks

Chloe Zhao at the Oscars
Chloe Zhao at the Oscars

In an interview with The Playlist, Eternals director Chloe Zhao was asked about Kevin Feige’s upcoming Star Wars project and if she would be interested in directing that. In response Zhao said:

“I would. I’ll do anything Kevin asked me to do.”

Chloe Zhao is an Academy Award-winning director whose work on The Eternals has been lauded a lot. Kevin Feige is clearly a fan of her work.

During the production of The Eternals, the President of Marvel Studios talked about her perfect Eternals pitch and how it was the best he had ever heard.

In fact, he was so impressed with her pitch that he gave her a level of creative freedom that was previously unseen in the MCU.

Previous Star Wars And MCU Crossovers

Ultron and Watcher fight on Mustafar
Ultron and Watcher fight on Mustafar

Now, Star Wars and Marvel fans have always wanted a crossover of sorts. Even the writers of the What If…? animated series wanted to bring in Luke Skywalker since they were exploring the multiverse.

However, they weren’t able to include Luke in the MCU multiverse. But during the season 1 finale episode, they were able to sneak in references to Star Wars. But that’s pretty much the end of any Star Wars and MCU crossover.

However, this is just on-screen. There have been crossovers between the two franchises.

Kind of that is.

After all, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, also played Mace Windu in Star Wars. And the MCU keeps sneaking in references to Jackson’s role in the galaxy far far away.

Why Chloe Zhao Is The Perfect Director For Feige’s Star Wars Movie


So now that Marvel’s Michael Waldron and Kevin Feige have already made plans to go to the galaxy far far away, it’s time for Zhao to accompany them.

And the best part is that her joining Feige’s team would make sense. After all, she has already directed Eternals, and that is pretty similar to Star Wars in its cosmic scale. However, just like Eternals, Star Wars is focused on personal, grounding stories within that grand setting.

Another reason is that Zhao is well known for her visual craftsmanship and that Academy Award for her movie Nomadland is proof of that. So her work has the credibility and also the blockbuster success to back it up. And she can keep on climbing new heights with the Star Wars movie.

It’s very interesting to note that Zhao is absolutely willing to take on another major franchise. Generally, after working on big projects, directors want to go back to small and cozy sets, but she is ready to tackle another project that’s as huge as the MCU.

Moreover, she says that she is ready to do whatever Feige asks of her. So it clearly means that she loved her experience working with him in her MCU project. However, nothing is confirmed yet.

Fans should hear more about the project during the Disney+ Day celebrations happening on November 12, 2021.

Eternals will debut in theaters on November 5, 2021.

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